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Brain researchers have detected improvements in cognition and emotional well-being associated with meditation and yoga, as well as differences in how meditation and prayer affect the brains of those who believe in God and those who do not.

At a 28 September Neuroscience & Society event cosponsored by AAAS and the Dana Foundation, neuroscientist Sara Lazar said that not only were the brain images in a study of people who meditated different from those who did not, other research showed that certain changes in performance such as improved scores on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) occurred in controlled experiments involving mindfulness training.

"This suggests neuroplasticity to me," said Lazar, associate researcher in the psychiatry department at Massachusetts General Hospital and an assistant professor in psychology at Harvard Medical School.

The Science Magazine article goes on to catalog benefits that can be seen in brain scans: fMRI images of the pre-frontal cortex, increased concentrations of the neurotransmitter GABA, and "greater functional connectivity between the caudate nucleus and a number of cortical regions responsible for effective cognitive function." Both performance and brain measurements were more improved by yoga than by an equivalent exercise dose walking, and were more improved by meditation than the same time spent sleeping.

The fact is that electronic measurements of moods and brain function are still in quite a crude state. But they are given prominence because they are regarded as hard science. A million people can report "yoga makes me feel great, and I get more done all day." But it's not reportable in Science until it can be detected electronically.

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These studies are not new. Scientific demonstration of the benefits of yoga has been ongoing for decades. The penetration of yoga into the mainstream of American culture is (IMHO) one of the most positive developments of the last half century, If we find that yoga gives us a capacity to focus, to be pro-active, to enhance our creative thought and to respond to crisis with insight and perspective--do we really need a $100,000 machine to tell us that it's not all in our heads?


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Tons of scientific research has been done on transcendental meditation and it is proven scientifically that it works to create many beneficial effects. I have been meditating for 40 years now and I do believe it was one of the things I did right.

Combined with yoga and deep breathing exercises, you get a further boost.

I've also been using binaural beats to do some positive, healing things (probably at the DNA level). All that takes is a set of headphones. I often run it while asleep. I get deeper sleep and better dreams.

BTW that is one of the long term effects of meditation, I don't have as many nightmares and more lucid dreams. Taken together all these techniques coupled with holistic medicine, can help one to achieve a peaceful existence even in the midst of all this stress we are experiencing. Most of which is totally unnecessary.

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What binaural programs have you been working with? Can you offer a link?

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I like theta waves. HERE 528 hz. Have also used, alpha, beta and delta. If you want third eye opening, I recommend total darkness while sitting erect. You may have to try different ones to find the one you like. Apparently the sound affects the pineal gland, which may be calcified. The sound clears things up. I get some nice visualizations this way. No harmful effects.

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With any meditations you may experience some negative feelings and roughness as a beginner, but that gives way to the positive images, just let the negativity flow past you.

Don't dwell on the bad vibes, or give up. Everyone's experience is different, but what you experience is your self, your true self. Some people have trouble facing that at first, just forgive your self, and move on. No one is perfect. The more you do it, the more bliss you will experience. You are the Universe, you are it. Let it be.

This is what you are looking for, samadhi. You will know when you find this state.

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This is perhaps Leonardo da Vinci's finest work. That crystal ball of light Jesus is holding, is a key symbol...a code. Anyone can create one, we all have imaginations.. It can be any size, It can also heal. Yes, images can heal, same as sound. Imagine if we would each create one large enough to hold the Earth within it in our meditations. We could heal ourselves by will alone. I believe this is possible. And more. much more.

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Thanks for this. I've had a chance to listen to it and add it to my phone. My two evergreen favorites are Holosync Ocean and Abyss Alpha to Delta.

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Here is more helpful info on meditation and ThirdEyeOpening. Also, Here is a link to pure theta waves of binaural beats without other tones, its just theta only.

Don't expect it to work while you are listening to the tones. Listen for a while, then go into a quiet room, in total darkness and meditate. if you have cracked the cosmic egg, you will see what you are looking for (images) with your MindsEye.

I can't emphasize enough the need for total darkness. According to this piece linked to above, darkness is what activates the pineal gland. Makes sense to me. A room with no windows, and every crack of light gone, will give the background of blackness that is needed for the PinealGland to see. Yes, it sees.

One other piece of unsolicited advice, if you see 'God' would you please kill the MF. Not kidding. Kill him. He is causing way too much trouble down here on Terra. However, If you realize that YouAreGod. Then enjoy your newfound freedom. You have arrived at HeavensDoor. Don't knock. Walk right in. Sit right down, and enjoy the 'Blueness' that you, your Self have created.

I hope it works for you. If it doesn't work right away, don't give up. Meditation and yoga, are badly needed in the West. The stress is killing us. Literally.

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